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Joined research activities on seismic risk prevention

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Strong EPICentre delegation at 16th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering

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A large delegation from UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering will attend the 16th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering (16ECEE) in Thessaloniki, Greece, from 18th to 21th June 2018. The conference, hosted by the Hellenic Society of the European Association for Earthquake Engineering and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, is held every four years, featuring the latest research findings in the field of earthquake engineering. Eighteen current and former researchers from EPICentre will attend the conference, with nineteen papers being selected for oral presentation, and one for poster presentation. This is a recognition of the outstanding work carried out at EPICentre, as only a small portion of submitted papers are typically awarded oral presentation. Also, Prof Tiziana Rossetto, EPICentre Director, will be giving a thematic talk on “Advances in the assessment of buildings subjected to earthquakes and tsunami”. A list of all EPICentre contributions is provided below.

EEFIT Management Committee

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PhD Candidate Valentina Putrino has been elected as one of the five new entries to the EEFIT Management Committee. The mandate will last 3 years.

Institution of Structural Engineers

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Professor Dina D'Ayala and Professor Tiziana Rossetto presented their work on the seismic retrofit for improving the resilient of existing structures at the Institution of Structural Engineers.

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Professor Tiziana Rossetto is selected to appear in the 3rd Edition of “CARTADITALIA” Journal of Contemporary Italian Culture, published by the  Italian Cultural Institute of Brussels, Belgium. In this edition of the journal entitled “New frontiers of Italian Scientific Research”. 

Prof. Tiziana Rossetto is interviewed on BBC News

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Prof. Tiziana Rossetto was interviewed about the 23rd January 2018 M7.9 Alaska earthquake and tsunami evacuation by BBC News on the "Beyond 100 days" programme. 

See the short interview at minute 52 here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09p69ln/beyond-100-days-series-1-23012018#

SCOSSO Mobile App

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Rapid Visual Surveying & Vulnerability Assessment of Schools against Strong Wind, Flood and Earthquakes.

For more information and seeing the app in action click here.

EPICentre PhD student Valentina Putrino has been awarded the EEFIT Research Grant

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EPICentre PhD student Valentina Putrino, with mentorship from Prof D’Ayala, has been awarded the EEFIT Research Grant for the project “Cumulative damage assessment and strengthening efficiency of masonry buildings in Norcia affected by the 2016 seismic events in Central Italy”. This is one of the two grants that EEFIT awards each year to support short-term projects that will benefit earthquake (and related hazards) disaster mitigation and post-disaster reconnaissance efforts.The project will make use of the previous findings of the October 2016 EEFIT Reconnaissance Mission in Central Italy sponsored by NERC, with the main aim of investigating the extent of cumulative damage caused by the following swarm of seismic events which struck the historic city centre of Norcia and its surroundings.

EPICentre helps in preserving the Rubens' ceiling canvases at Banqueting House

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Prof. Dina D’Ayala and Dr. Athanasios Pappas are assisting Historic Royal Palaces in the preservation of the magnificent ceiling of the Banqueting House on Whitehall, London. Painted in the early 17th century, it is the only surviving in-situ ceiling painting by Flemish artist, Sir Peter Paul Rubens. The three main canvasses depict The Union of the Crowns, The Apotheosis of James I and The Peaceful Reign of James I.

The paintings were removed from the ceiling and stored for fear of damage during the German bombing of London in 1941. In order to facilitate the emergency removal task, the paintings and their supporting timber frames were cut into smaller sections. After a long and thorough restoration project, the reinstatement of the paintings was completed in 1951.

Almost 70 years since the last major restoration, Historic Royal Palaces have started a new comprehensive research project to investigate the panels and their decorative coffering frames, which includes an evaluation of structural aspects of the paintings related to their removal. EPICentre was asked to help guaranteeing the integrity of some of the most famous works from the golden age of painting.

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" Banqueting House image courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces © (www.hrp.org.uk)

Dr Galasso awarded two international research grants

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Dr Carmine Galasso has recently been awarded two collaborative, international research grants.

The first one is on 'Dynamic testing of variable friction seismic isolation devices and isolated systems', within the EU-funded 'Seismology and Earthquake Engineering Research Infrastructure  Alliance for Europe' (SERA), responding to the priorities identified in the Horizon 2020 call 'INFRAIA-01-2016-2017 Research Infrastructure for Earthquake Hazard'.

Current engagements of EPICentre in the Global Program for Safer Schools (GPSS) project of the World Bank

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Prof Dina D’Ayala and Mr. Rohit Kumar Adhikari are engaged in the GPSS project since July 2016 for providing technical assistance in the structural typology classification and seismic vulnerability analysis of load bearing masonry school in the developing countries such as Nepal and El Salvador. They are travelling to Washington, D.C. to attend a week-long workgroup meetings and workshop from 22 Jan 2018 followed by a technical visit to El Salvador for monitoring the local activities in the country including field visit to selected school facilities. Immediately after, Mr. Adhikari will be travelling to the Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia to attend internal working session of the project partners to agree on the methodological approach and preliminary data analysis for the seismic risk assessment and mitigation plan for public schools El Salvador.

EPICentre members give invited talks at ETH Zurich

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Dr Carmine Galasso and EPICentre PhD students Chen Huang and Deyu Ming have given three talks at the 'NatCat and Earthquake Modelling Workshop' (https://people.math.ethz.ch/~wueth/Talks/workshop.html)  at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, on November 24, 2017. The workshop also included talks by representatives of Scor Reinsurance, Lloyd’s, and Swiss Re.

EPICentre and IRDR awarded grant for INSPIRE: Indonesia School Programme to Increase Resilience

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EPICentre and UCL's Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (UCL-IRDR) have been awarded a Newton Fund Institutional Link grant for the project “INSPIRE: Indonesia School Programme to Increase Resilience”. The partnership for INSPIRE includes EPICentre, UCL-IRDR and the Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation centre (TDRMC) at Syiah Kuala University, Indonesia. The project will be led by Dr Carmine Galasso at UCL and Dr Ella Meilianda at TDMRC .

“EPICentre, University of Hawaii, HR Wallingford and London south Bank University conduct a successful CPD course on new building code provisions for tsunami loads and effects”

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The course was divided into two sessions. In the morning, Prof. Robertson, delivered a training seminar with an overview of the new ASCE 7-16 tsunami design provisions, along with examples on how to use these provisions in the design of coastal buildings. In the afternoon session, new research developments in tsunami engineering were shared by Prof. William Allsop from HR Wallingford,Dr David McGovern  from London South Bank University, and UCL EPICentre’s Dr Christian Klettner and Prof Tiziana Rossetto.With the presence of Prof. Ian Robertson from University of Hawaii at Manoa, a successful CPD course titled “New Building Code Provisions for Tsuami Loads and Effects” was delivered on 19 December at UCL.

Dr Daniel Pohoryles joining the University of Toronto

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EPICentre researcher Dr Daniel Pohoryles will be joining the University of Toronto as a postdoctoral fellow for six months. His research at UoT will build on initial work on the seismic assessment of buried pipelines that he conducted while working at EPICentre in collaboration with Dr Marianna Ercolino at the University of Greenwich. daniel_pohoryles

CPD Course: New Building Code Provisions for Tsunami Loads and Effects

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The 2016 version of ASCE 7, Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and other Structures, includes a new chapter for tsunami actions and effects. The ASCE 7-16 standard has now been published and has been adopted by the International Code Council for inclusion in the 2018 version of the International Building Code, IBC-2018, used throughout the United States. It is also being considered by various countries for adoption into their local codes.

Seminar by HKU's Prof Yuguo Li on 10 Nov 2017

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We are very pleased to announce the next EPICentre seminar by Prof Yuguo Li from Hong Kong University. The seminar will take place on 10 November 2017 at 12 noon in Chadwick Building, Room 102. 

UKCMB Re-launch Event

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Join us on Friday 20 October for the re-launch of the UKCMB for a highly informative and engaging event on our latest research outputs, videos, tools and more. 

Prof. Tiziana Rossetto, cartoon for a day!

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The Tsunami research made an appearance in the printed version of "Science et Vie Junior" magazine.

Promoting Safer Buildings Conference on 13th July at Royal Geographical Society, London

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The Promoting Safer Building Programme is a multidisciplinary research study being carried out by an alliance between University College London-EPICentre (EPICentre), Overseas Development Institute (ODI), CARE International UK (CARE UK) and the British Geological Survey (BGS). The project focuses on safer post-disaster reconstruction and brings together expertise from structural engineering and geo-sciences with international development and shelter practice.

Prof. Tiziana Rossetto attends the Royal Garden Tea Party!

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On the 16th May 2017, Tiziana attended the Royal Garden Tea Party at Buckingham Palace! Every summer, The Queen hosts three Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace. Historically, Garden Parties took the place of presentation parties attended by debutantes, and have evolved into a way of recognising and rewarding public service. On this sunny afternoon, Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Kate) were amongst the members of the Royal Family to attend. Unfortunately, Tiziana was not amongst the lucky few who were able to converse with the Royals but she did enjoy the tea and cucumber sandwiches!

Professor Tiziana Rossetto won the 2017 Shah Family Fund Distinguished Lecture award

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Professor Tiziana Rossetto won the 2017 Shah Family Fund Distinguished Lecture award. This prestigious annual prize was awarded by the Blume Earthquake Engineering Center of Stanford University. Tiziana delivered a lecture title “New Approaches for Tsunami Impact Assessment” at Stanford on the 21st February 2017. Whilst at Stanford, Tiziana also had the opportunity of delivering a lecture to PhD students of the Civil Engineering department on the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake and its recovery. The image shows Tiziana with some of these students in the main square at Stanford.  

China Earthquake Administration Visit to UCL EPICentre

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UCL EPICentre hosted a workshop for China Earthquake Administration (CEA) on 4th May 2017. The aim of the workshop was to bring researchers from EPICentre and CEA together to discuss opportunities to build on current collaborations.

Workshop on Disaster Resilient Cities: Risk Assessment and Forecasting of Geophysical and Atmospheric Hazards

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The project titled “Disaster Resilient Cities: Forecasting Local Level Climate Extremes and Physical Hazards for Kuala Lumpur“ funded by Innovate UK&EPSRC – Newton Ungku Omar Funds as part of the Future Cities scheme has been launched in January 2017. For a 34 months duration, this project will look into physical and atmospheric hazards in Kuala Lumpur, with close collaboration with University of Cambridge, British Geological Survey, JBA and the Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Initiative, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (SEADPRI-UKM), among others. UCL Epicentre’s Prof Dina D’Ayala, Prof Tiziana Rossetto, Dr Liora Malki-Epshtein and Dr Yasemin D Aktas, as well as UCL MSSL’s Prof Mark Saunders will be working in this project.

CRUST presented at the Naked Scientist

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Dr Crescenzo Petrone presented CRUST (Cascading Risk and Uncertainty assessment under earthquake Shaking and Tsunami) project at "the Naked Scientist", one of the world's most popular science shows. Listen the broadcast from 9m23s.

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